Historical - Development 2017

Fugative slave Mary supports the Underground Railroad from Britain. Freddy's nightmare predicts his failed escape. He is imprisoned but sent back to Sophia and Hugh where he is apprenticed, falls in love with Anna & they escape North. He publishes a book, has to flee to UK. Will he return to Anna?

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Historical, Romance, Action/Adventure
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    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jenni CORNER
    • Writer(s)
    • Jenni CORNER
    • Producer(s)
    • Steve CLARK HALL (Skyline)
    • Synopsis
    • 1832-46

      Mary is at a party with the young children of some of the Anti Slavery Society who rescued her. She tells them her background story and they discuss the support, which the Abolitionists and slaves need in America.

      Inevitably Freddy rebels against life as a slave. He sets up an unofficial school for black people in a free slave’s home, where they are attacked. His master sends him to be “tamed” by a “Slave breaker” and suffers but is then sent to a better master, from whom he plans an escape. He & his colleagues risk losing limbs or even their life in making an escape, which causes them nightmares. Their fears are grounded due to a rogue who offers to help free Freddy & his colleagues for money but then accepts money back from their Slave-owners for their capture and they are put in prison. But Freddy is lucky. His kind master sends him back to Hugh and Sophia Auld.

      Freddy learns a trade as ship’s caulker where he falls in love with Anna who introduced him to a group for “Promote the education of ‘negroes’” & they take him to an Anti Slavery camp.

      Hugh allows Freddy to stay with Anna so long as he pays all his earnings “for his time”. Freddy begins to resent this, especially when he is admonished for leaving town without permission. Freddy makes a dangerous escape across the country, disguised as a sailor. Various stories of the escape along the Underground Railroad are illustrated with river scenes routes up the hill to the beacon at John R’s home, lit up by a lighthouse beam designed by a British abolitionist from Newcastle. He meets the runaway Eliza. Finally Freddy settles in Bedford and is eventually joined by Anna, who is pregnant. Now they are able to marry & have their child.

      Freddy and Anna are settling in to life in Bedford. Freddy starts subscribing to an anti-slavery newspaper and before long he meets the paper’s editor Lloyd G. After hearing Frederick speak, Lloyd takes him on various lecture tours. Freddy, aged twenty-two, accompanies Lloyd and others on an extended speaking tour of Britain where they meet Mary, Ellen & Anna R (in the first film) and Harriet M who he had met at the Anti-slavery camp. She has moved around the corner from Mary and Sarah S, now both married to the James and Joseph W and all committed Abolitionists.

      Freddy publishes his book, a slave narrative, & as a consequence it is suggested by Quakers he should flee to Britain where he stays with Mary and Joseph W who Mary the fugitive now lives with & works for. Anna R who visits them with her brother and his children. Robert W and Elizabeth R meet as little toddlers. Robert announces he will marry Elizabeth after she comforts him. The romance continues between Mary and John B, a rope maker. Freddy and Mary choose wedding gowns for both her and his sister who is looking after his wife Anna and their family. Robert S employs John in his bank & Mary and James marry.

      Lloyd and Freddy return to America. Finally Freddy is back to Anna
    • Partners & financing
    • See Abolitionists: The Great Divide
    • Production schedule
    • This is a sequel to Abolitionists:The Great Divide. Many of the locations are the same and so it would be beneficial to film them consecutively.
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